Bikes, cycling, Travel

California Coastal Trail

Biking sections of the California Coastal Trail gets put on the list.

(half moon bay section the CCT)

Its time to start investigating what sections of the CCT to ride in the next couple of years.

This page of will be dedicated to mapping that route.

The California Coastal Trail (CCT) is a network of public trails for walkers, bikers, equestrians, wheelchair riders and others along the 1200-mile California coastline. It is currently more than half complete. Coastwalk California is a volunteer organization that advocates for completion of the Trail.

(Muir Woods to Stinson Beach)

Here is the county by county map for the CCT – (click on the county to view the trail)

For example, here is the Mendocino County map section 5

A section of the CCT in Marian County.

Now for the research and development of these trips.

Photo above taken from

Yes, this is what I am talkin bout.

The options are plenty – Bike Packing, Travel trailer or travel by SUV and hotel it. I prefer one and two.

Pics for follow from the CCT.


canoing, cycling, family, Life experiences, Mountain biking, outdoors, rivers, Telluride, Travel


I just wanted to post a few pics of our 2011 family vacation in Telluride Colorado.

Special thanks to an amazing friend who offered our family his amazing cabin for the week.

What Makes Telluride Unique? Telluride is a small ski resort in the southwest corner of Colorado. Tucked away in a box canyon, surrounded by the mighty peaks of the San Juans, Telluride started off as a mining town in the 1800’s and later on, in 1973, became a ski resort and in the warmer months an epic mountain bike destination.

This year was special because we were able to take my daughter and her husband Adam with us for some much needed R & R.

Our bunch hiked, biked, rafted, canoed, fished, shopped, reflected, and rested.

This is a pic of us after we put our bikes on the gondola and made it up to the ski area that is converted into a mtn bike mecca during the summer months.

The Riverside trail is an amazing addition to the Telluride trail system.

These two pics pretty much sums up why I enjoyed this years vacation. 🙂

We ventured out on Trout Lake for some fishing/exploring….Adam and Tash pretty much wished they would have had a canoe instead of a ducky to float in.

Brenda my life long floating/fishing partner.

The San Miguel River rafting.

Just some views from around the area.

A couple of pics of the meadow below the cabin were we stayed.

Bridal Vail Falls – the tallest waterfall in Colorado.

The grass is greener in Telluride.

What an amazing place – what an amazing week.

I am rested and grateful.


cycling, Mountain biking, outdoors, Prescott

Ride The Divide

My friend Patrick Fraher ask if I would post

Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance is sponsoring in six days the special
Prescott screening of RIDE THE DIVIDE. Don’t miss the chance to see this incredible film. This movie is selling out everywhere it’s being shown, Prescott should be no exception!Mon night Oct 4th, 7 pm… at Prescott 1st Assembly of God Community Room-1455 Willow Creek Rd. Prescott Arizona.

Should be a great night for the Prescott mountain biking community! Lets make Prescott a hit with the ride the divide team.

An award-winning feature film about the world’s toughest mountain bike race, which traverses over 2700 miles along the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains. The film weaves the story of three characters’ experiences with immense mountain beauty and small-town culture as they attempt to pedal from Banff, Canada to a small, dusty crossing on the Mexican border.

Doors open at 6:00 P.M.

The fee is $10.00 per person.

Bikes, cycling, Mountain biking

Trek Team Edition 110 Top Fuel carbon fiber mountain bike for sale

I am parting with my ultra light Trek Top Fuel carbon fiber 110 team edition mountain bike.

Medium frame

This bike is a full carbon (with no craks) frame rear shock lock uot, front fork lock out. It is equipped with sram x-o derailures, 26 inch mavic crossmax tubeless wheels, Bontrager carbon cranks handlebars and seat post – Avid Ultimate Juicy brakes – x-o grip shifters, fsa carbon riser bar, Chris King headset, rock shox full carbon world cup fork. – This bike has been maintained by High gear bike shop.

I purchased the bike from Bret Batchelder, bike mechanic for Team Subaru out of  Golden, Colorado.

The bike was not raced  but built by him for a friend to ride.

I used the bike on the Whiskey (50) Off Road Mountain Bike race in 2009 but used it mostly for social riding here in Prescott.

I am selling the bike because I like a 29 inch wheel set up and this Trek sits in my Garage most of the time.

Here are a few more pics of this light weight (24/25 lbs) mountain bike. (click on the pic to enlarge)

Mavic tubeless Crossmax wheel set

This bike is ready to ride and is in great shape.


Arizona, Bikes, cycling, Mountain biking, Prescott, SINGLE SPEED

The 2010 Whiskey Off Road Mountain Bike Endurance Race

For my birthday over the past five years I have entered the Whiskey Off Road Mountain Bike Endurance Race.

I have five posters from the past five events hanging in my man cave.

This year for my 52nd birthday I needed to kick it up a notch by doing the event on a single speed rigid.

This year I did the 25 proof and could not have ask for better trail conditions as well as the company of over 1000 mountain bikers from all over the nation.

The course this year was the same as it is pretty much every year except for the large amounts of snow we had in the months approaching the event.  The week prior to the race we had a crew out shoveling snow off a section of trail 48.

The snow really kept everything on the trails in perfect condition…..tacky and fast  is the only way to describe this years dirt. It was what contributed to records being broken by the top riders as well as helping me beat my time in for the previous four years.

Last year I did the 50 proof in just under a week – haha

But the other three years I did the 25 proof in 5:13 , 4:27 and 4:13. This year my goal was to break the four hour mark. I reached my goal by finishing at 3:57:17.

Very happy with this years time.

This year I dedicated my ride to our best friend and companion Cody. Cody passed away Saturday morning April 16th and he will be missed dearly and beyond words.

If he could have physically been able to, he would have ran the entire course right beside me. I so admire his dignity and desire to live.

The Whiskey Off Road Mountain Bike Race of 2010  is history now but the memories and friendships will be with us for a long time.

Again, thanks to http://www.epicrides .com for an amazing weekend and fun. Thank you to the community of Prescott Arizona for your amazing people and wild west Spirit.

Here are just a few pics of some great people that made the weekend such a great experience.

Bikes fill up the town every year in April thank to the Whiskey

Hal Hayden Nate Woods and Mike are great buddies that make life in Ptown the best.

Everybody loves Tomas and we all respect his riding ability. He is the real “Mayor” of  Preskitt.

Tina Ooley road the 25 on a single speed and podiumed the event in honor of her brother Nick who passed away just weeks before the event.

Keith Beesmer

Dave Sewell and I

Bren always meets me at the finish line with a kiss and a cold root beer 🙂

No wonder I am in a hurry to finish the race.

Next year I plan on being in a support role for some of my friends here in town. I have never seen the race from a spectators side and look forward to watching the hammerheads climb the water bars.

Arizona, Bikes, cycling, Mountain biking


Today was one of the funnest rides I have been on this year.

Here are just a few pics of a great day in Cottonwood Arizona on the Thumper/Raptor loop.

thumper trail map

This is an amazing loop to ride in the winter,fall and spring.

The tribe from Prescott Mountain Biking had a great time riding the loop twice today for a total of 15.3 miles.

Just had to get of pic of one of Arizona’s exclusive spa and resorts….kinda pricey though.

Arizona, cycling, Ministry, Mountain biking, Prescott, SINGLE SPEED


On Saturday April 24th we are going to do a little fund raising for a pastor and his wife.

On that Saturday morning approximately 800 mountain bikers will head for the hills for one reason or another here in Prescott Arizona.
That morning, I will be riding to raise funds to help Brian and Debbie Fulthrop get back into their home.
Brian and Debbie pastor a small congregation in the Village of Grand Canyon here in Arizona.
They have been living in temporary housing for almost a year now and would love to get back into a home.

We have not put all the details together yet but I thought I would post this info. on my blog to see if there is any interest from other mountain bikers or sponsors regarding this need.
Below is a link to the Whiskey Off Road Mountain Bike Endurance Race, a link to Brian’s blog as well as our little flyer  for this event..

If you would like to sponsor our efforts please contact me through this blog.

We are taking donations on a per mile basis.

For example $1.00 per mile multiplied by a total of 25 miles would be a $25.00 donation.

If for some insane reason you would like to join Team “CRANKING FOR THE KEYS” also you may contact me on this blog.

I am looking forward to a great ride that day.

Bikes, cycling, Life Goals, Mountain biking


If you like to run, swim or cycle, check out this link. helps you track your activity and let you monitor your workouts.
I love this workout journal.
February 04, 2010
Posted at 09:31 AM
  • Distance 7.20 miles
  • Time 01:10:00
  • Average Speed 6.17 mph
  • Average Pace 9:43 min/mile

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Brownlow trail in prescott – great tacky dirt
Sewel, Becker, and Middlemore and I road today.


January 30, 2010

Posted at 09:28 AM

  • Distance 14.00 miles
  • Time 02:00:00
  • Max Speed 4.70 mph
  • Average Speed 7.00 mph
  • Elevation 3000.00 feet
  • Average Pace 8:34 min/mile

Black Canyon City – Table Mesa to boyscout loop and back.

32 other rmtn bikers.




Arizona, Bikes, cycling, Mountain biking

Black Canyon Trail

What a great day of singletrack at the Black Canyon Trail this past Saturday.

This trail is a mile after mile adventure.

We did the Table Mesa Trail head section and headed south.

We had a great turn out for this beautiful January ride.

The dirt was perfect. Can’t wait to get back before the heat hits the valley of the Sun.

I blew out a shoe about 10 miles into the 14 mile trip.

What a great day with a great crew.

Bikes, cycling, Life experiences


I remember the first time my dad took the training wheels off my bike. Man that first moment was scary.

But a few weeks later I was riding around the streets of our neighborhood like a pro.

Isn’t it amazing how life doesn’t come with training wheels?

Are you facing a situation that feels overwhelming and you’re afraid to make a wrong move? Or maybe you’re saying no to something in your life that you’d really like to say yes to. A well-known counselor says, “For years I heard about hiking. It sounded elusive, difficult…and mysterious. When a friend asked me to go hiking…I began thinking…what if I couldn’t do it well enough? Or I didn’t know how to do it at all? ‘Don’t be ridiculous,’ I scolded myself. ‘You’re making this more complicated than it is…it’s just walking, and you’ve been doing that since you were a baby!’ We left…and I followed…as he started up a steep incline. ‘Just walk,’ I told myself…’Put one foot in front of another…like you’ve done all your life.’ I didn’t make it to the top of the mountain that day, but I made it halfway…Start where you are. Start poorly. Just start…if you already knew how to do it well, it wouldn’t be a lesson…and you’d never have the thrill of victory, years from now looking back.”

God has promised to “take the hand of those who don’t know the way…to show them what roads to take.” You say, “But what if I get into difficulty?” You probably will! But God says: “When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you” (Is 43:2 TM). But you’ve got to be willing to ‘go’ in order for God to bring you ‘through!’ In other words – you have to be willing to get your feet wet. Time to take off the training wheels and learn to ride on the wheels of life with God’s strength. The thing to keep in mind is: “God…goes ahead of you” (Dt 1:30 TM).

Here is a great scripture to let you know that when things get a bit shaky and you feel like you are going to fall.

“I’ll take the hand of those who don’t know the way…to show them what roads to take.” Isaiah 42:16 TM

I just rode my bike yesterday and  am really glad I decided to take off the training wheels years ago.